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Sick of eBay? Try these alternative places to sell...

Sick of eBay? Try these alternative places to sell...

No one can deny the power of eBay: Since 1995, eBay has held it's place as the largest marketplace in the world. It has turned thousands of hobbyists into PowerSellers and allowed thousands more to run profitable, at home businesses. However, the eBay marketplace has transformed dramatically in recent years and various policy changes have prompted an exodus from eBay to other online marketplaces. Luckily there are other options to sell your items and build a business aside from eBay!

So what other options are available out there? And which will actually help you make money? Check out our list of the top eBay alternatives... 

What started as the world's largest online book store has exploded into one of the world's mot visited websites which offers millions of products across a range of product categories, not just books! Amazon gets good traffic but the main advantage is a much higher profit margins. Amazon shoppers tend to pay a lot more for their items than eBayers. On the other hand, there are reports that Amazon's returns policy can be ruthless. If a buyer complains – even if they have no proof of the claim – Amazon has been known to insist the seller refund the money. Another count against Amazon is the fact Amazon's fees are high. Still, if you can put up with these difficulties, Amazon is a good place to sell, particularly items such as electronics where the margins are practically non-existent on eBay.

eBid is emerging as a true contender to eBay. It has local sites in over 20 countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand the UK, Canada and Ireland. eBid sellers have reported that customer service and ease of use are great on eBid, but that profitability is not it's strongest point. Listing auctions on eBid is free, just pay for listing upgrades and success fees when you actually make a sale. This fees format makes it a low risk market to test out. 

ArtFire is a rising star in the eCommerce world. Back in 2011, ArtFire was the winner of the Seller's Choice Marketplace awards and this was when ArtFire really started to make a name for itself as a strong alternative to selling on eBay. However, ArtFire isn't going to work for you if you sell generic items like DVDs and branded clothing. Instead, ArtFire is where buyers go to find vintage, antique or handmade items. Selling items on ArtFire is free, but you can upgrade to a paid account for US$9.95 per month. This pro accounts, among other benefits, get your listings more exposure. You can get a free trial to ArtFire's pro accounts for 14 days to determine whether it is right for you. 

Selling on your very own website is the ultimate option if you want to increase your profits and build a business that will become a long-term asset. Selling on your own website used to be expensive and complicated, but eCommerce store builders such as SaleHoo Stores make it easy. With SaleHoo Stores, there's no need for technical experience or knowledge; you can have your own store up and running in minutes and with just a few simple clicks of a mouse. Best of all, you can try SaleHoo Stores for free for 30 days so there is no risk to you. Find out just how easy it is to open your own store and start making profitable sales. Get your free trial now

 

No one can question the almighty power of Google. Their product arm – Google Product Search (formerly known as Froogle and Google Products) - gets a lot of attention from avid Google users and it's free to list there if you have your own website. You can also incorporate Google Adwords ads to drive more traffic to your Google Merchant listings. 

Craigslist is the world's largest online classified website. It's a great way to sell locally if you are willing to organize pickups. There are no listing fees or selling fees, but Craiglist is a fairly no-frills establishment and there is less automation of the selling process compared to other eBay alternatives. However, Craigslist is used by a lot of people, particularly in the US, so it can be a very lucrative way of selling.

We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences selling through any of these mediums - or tell us about one we haven't mentioned! Post your comments below.

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Ebay is a horrible company, they got rich and now there screwing the seller....I just got the boot from them. 2 customers lied about the produce they purchased, I put specifics in the description, ebay believed the buyer, told me they don't have the item in front of them. Who does ebay think there profits come from, the seller duh....Trust me they will fall one day and I hope I am hear too see it. Seeing all the comments about them I don't feel like I have done something wrong & yes they read IP addresses. I wouldn't give them my business ever, even if they beg for it............ Reply
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Hello Jerry,

Yours is not the first case to occur as described. This is one of the many reason why many are lead to believe that eBay is pro customer and leaning closer to being "anti" sellers.

You can also try other sites like Addoway and Bonanza

All the best! Reply
I sympathise with you,
I had an account and was doing very well, until one day Ebay decided to ban me. I phoned Ebay and was met with the most obnoxious, and sarcastic American customer service advisor. He would not tell me why I was banned. He just reeled off all the things I could no longer do through Ebay. To this day I do not know what I did wrong and I had a 100% rating constantly. Who do you take it up with though? You cannot take Ebay to court can you, unless you are wealthy. Reply
Ebay is terrible...I recently started using Ebid as an alternative, fees are way lower. Ebay does not care about its sellers. I lived with a friend 3 years ago and we both had separate Ebay accounts.I get an email yesterday stating my account has been temporarily suspended...I call and they tell me my friends account and been banned therefor my account is now suspended...I tell them I haven't lived with or seen the guy in over 3 years. They tell me because we shared the same IP 3 years ago it connects us therefor I am suspended too...absolutely ridiculous!
People come on over to Ebid...we need to get another website strong for buyers and sellers. So far my experience there has been good:) Reply
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Thanks for sharing your unfortunate experience with eBay, tarbbest :) Just because you guys once shared the same IP your account got banned too (totally unfair!). Hope you find better business at eBid. All the best! Reply
lol at last some humor my face was starting to knot reading all the scary stuff about ebay especially since i have just started selling and getting no where fast or at all.....what will your web site be called? the wb busters Reply
Are you sure ebid is not owned by ebay also......look at the bottom of this page!!!! Ebay owns this site too???? Reply
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RCP, eBid is owned by eBid Ltd according to the copyright on the site. It's not owned by eBay. Reply
In reply to Susan my was exactly the same I had excellent feedback from all my buyers but they said my account was below standard and they have to protect their buyers. I am completely disgusted with them. They told me they won't close down my account completely as they want me to still buy off their site! I don't think so! Reply
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that just happened to me this morning!! i believe they want you to sell alot more stuff so they can make more money!! i am a home crafter but i also sell used goods and i had 1 bad complaint even though the buyer was told about the condition of a 275.00 item that she got for 10.00. after all the work they took her side and closed my store down!! i have stuff listed on Etsy but no one has ever bought anything from me there. So i plan on closing that down myself and trying elsewhere. Going to check out Ebid today! Reply
Just saw the post from Tarb best and I am in the middle of similar problem with ebay. My story is different in that they suspended my account and blew away my active auctions because they saw me use a diff ip address and then claimed I am deceased....I have explained my father, with same name & address dies over a year ago but he has never used ebay. They claimed they searched public records and suspended my account...I have now spent 7 days trying to convince them I am alive and well and need account resinstated immediately, Have spoken to 7 different people for a total of 239 minutes so afr with zero resolution. What a horrific experience after 14 years with them! Reply
Good Grief! I've been reading terrible accounts of other seller's problems with ebay, but yours takes the gold star award. Having to convince a marketing company you're alive! Wow. Send them your father's death certificate or perhaps, not. With the attitude/company policies that ebay's has now, even that might be a waste of your time.
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What is MORE scary is how do they know who has died in a household? WHY are they checking public records? We must ask these questions. Why is an online selling platform keeping tabs on who lives in what household? If you dad never even had an account, how do they even know he exists? Ebay, Microsoft, Google... all have the same logo colors. Ignore this if you like. Reply
What someone needs to do is find a way for all the alternative sites to be searched simultaneously thereby increasing the traffic exponentially. Kind of like a shopping bot for alternative auction sites. Now that would put the heat on EBAY!. Reply
I found BidRanger.com the other day and it looks very new but the fee structure is great, multiple payment options, no listing fees, etc... being new there are only a small number of users, if more people start using it, it will be a great alternative in my opinion. People just need to make the switch or at least gradually and this site would be very beneficial to all. Reply
I tried some of those eBay alternative sites. Honestly, most of them are not that great. But, Bonanza.com is one website I really like. There are no seller fees. It is easy to list and sell your items. Plus, the website is associated with eBay and Amazon as well as Google. I highly recommend anyone to use it if he or she wants to make good online sales without so many complications and ridiculous seller fees (unlike eBay). Reply
Until recently, I have sold through eBay and Amazon for almost 3 years.
I absolutely agree with what others say about eBay. I left eBay and Amazon recently for the reasons others felt and opened multiple stores somewhere else such as Etsy and TrendsByChance, including my own website.
In my opinion, eBay and Amazon are good places to start selling your items due to their uncomparable traffics but not good for places for a long-term business. Due to the traffics, I sell less now but with more profits than before. Reply
Another good trading website would be the startup https://www.miklist.com . It's minimalist and free :) Reply
Im in..have had all the same problems listed here..so where are some of your selling now..please suggestions
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What other form of online payment can we accept if not through paypal? I heard bitcoin took a dump and I have no way to accept credit/debit card payments. Reply
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Hi trihumaish,



If you are referring to eBay, here are their accepted payment methods - http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/accepted-payments-policy.html



Cheers! :) Reply
Hello hello. All of the advice on here is super. I am starting my own website and am having difficulty finding a reputable merchant to partner with. Looking for a place (wholesale for me) that wont charge me an arm and leg to mail out orders made by customers. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks Reply
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Hello Keryyne,

Thanks for your feedback! What particularly are you interested in? We may have suitable suppliers in our directory. Once you join, you will be able to gin access to our Wholesale Directory of suppliers.

To join please go to http://www.salehoo.com/join-now

Cheers! Reply
I've given my last hundred dollars, or more, to Ebay....I've worked within their continued changing policies, but this last deal has broken the camel's back for me...They locked my account up for 7 days because they said I double listed an item? What? Who would do that on purpose anyway? You have to pay for each listing anyway.... But, the fact of the matter was, I did not double list an item. I had 3, not 2 items, that were similiar but different sizes. The prices were all different, the descriptions were all different, the model numbers were all different, but the title listings all said the same thing. Once they pointed out that it would be helpful to put either the model # or a size in the title, I agreed, no problem....But, they refused to take the 7 day hold off of my account anyway, like I needed to be punished? I have been selling on their site, unhappily for over 10 years, but in the product line I sell, restaurant equipment, Ebay has a lot to learn. They know nothing about what I sell, and send me messages on how I can increase my sales, etc, when what they are saying actually would not be helpful at all. I listen, read their messages, then do what I do. But, to be punished for double listing when I actually did not do it, is beyond reason. I ended up with a "supervisor", who put me on hold for another 20 minutes, total call for over 1 1/2 hours, & he came back after reading all the 3 item descriptions, etc, and said I cannot take the hold off. Even though he agreed I had not double listed an item? So, now I"m going to move my account to a place where they don't take all my money, and then tell me how to sell, when I've been selling for over 25 years myself. Ebay can take a nose dive right into the gutter for all I care, and it would be helpful to hear an actual English speaking person on there for a change. Someone I can actually understand what they are saying.... Good luck Ebay, you have another"happy" customer going somewhere else Reply
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Recently purchased an item that had a tracking number. The tracking number showed a delivery attempt to my address. No further attempts have since been made. I now have no item and still have to pay for it ? How does that work?
This is the umpteenth time that i have been let down by ebay.
Ii can only close my account when an item i have bid on, has closed! That said item has been re listed for another 25 days! My account cannot be closed until the item is sold apparrently?
What a farce!
Really let down by ebay. I have a 100% feedback rating over 350 purchases. I think its time to pack up and buy else where. Reply
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eBay has no control over delivering a package. That's completely up to the carrier. You can't blame eBay for that one! Reply
I used to love Ebay, but their greediness has put me off, and now it seems Ebay are not doing so well. Good! I hope they fall apart because this is what often happens when a company gets too greedy. Reply
"Amazon shoppers tend to pay a lot more for their items than eBayers" Maybe 5 years ago. When ever I am thinking about buying an item online I go to Amazon first, copy and paste the same item into Ebay, and Ebay is always more expensive. That's why I haven't bought anything off of Ebay in years and probably never will. Amazon is a trusted site with reputable sellers. Ebay is a bunch of hucksters who will say anything, and post misleading pictures to unload their broken garbage at ridiculous prices. Most sellers also charge at least double for shipping and sometimes as much as three times. If you can find in on Ebay, you can find it on Amazon....only cheaper. Reply
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Ebay does not stand behind their sellers anymore, it's all about the buyers and they can say and do whatever they want and keep your item and their money. They scr""Ed me too after selling for years with no issues. Buyers can say whatever they want, lies, lies, lies and you pay for it.
Where to go from here though! I've been selling for years and now all the sudden all my income is gone. I'm on bonanza and a few other little sites but no sales yet.
We need to work together and put ebay out of business. Reply
Unfortunantly a lot of the newer sites don't have the foot traffic ebay has. i got 3 negative feedback, but 127 positive and 97.6% positive ratings. Ebay told me I couldn't sell because it "questioned my selling practices" yet people are lying about where their items are coming from, a lot say USA when they are really coming from China and are fake, and others have below 85% ratings but they are still allowed to sell. the rating system they use is terribly flawed. After an item is purchased on Ebay, that buyer leaves overall feedback, positive or negative, and then stars in categories. If you get a low rating (either 1 or 2 out of 5 stars) for ANY, that is even if its just one, category, Ebay will count it for three months. To combat this, you have to sell 100 items with 5 star feedback to make up for the one, 1 or 2 star rating you received, even though the buyer may have given you an overall positive feedback. So, in that 3 month time, if you don’t sell enough, your account gets restricted, Ebay limits how many items you can sell after the first 1 star rating too. But if Ebay limits how many items you can sell in a month, how can you sell the 100 items to make up for the one star rating? You can’t, so you ultimately lose your account and selling privileges. I have read many forums where power sellers of over 3,000 sales are being restricted from ever selling again on ebay because of this rating system. Are you kidding me? Ebay is becoming more and more buyer friendly and less and less seller friendly. You can't even leave negative feedback for buyers who truly are terrible. My recommendation is to look into sites like Threadflip and Tradesy. They are seller friendly but mostly for selling clothes, shoes and accessories. I now have over 300 items I need to sell and no where to flip them quickly. Its all J. Crew and Anthropologie too which is the sad part. They would have gone quickly on ebay, but ebay just sucks now. I hope more people leave and go elsewhere Reply
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I have been selling on ebay for over 7 years and am so thankful for this information. Until now, I was not feeling good at all and had no idea what I was doing wrong. How did I go from Power Seller to not even having 10 views and nothing selling, even if I repriced extremely low. Before that I had disputes that were nothing but fabrication and ebay automatically issuing
a refund because of 'Buyer Protection." It took much time and effort, but I found a number and called and found I could file a dispute appeal, which I did and came back in my favor. That number no longer works, go figure. I have been so unhappy with ebay not protecting or even recognizing their sellers and now find that they do sabotage, which is the final confirmation for me. I am checking out the above recommended sites and on my way to closing my ebay account. Thank you so much for all of the information. Ebay has become a very ugly, pretentious, not what it seems thing. Reply
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I don't understand Amazon, If anyone would like to give me dummies 101 for Amazon I would appreciate it. Reply
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I recommend checking out our blog post about selling on Amazon: http://www.salehoo.com/blog/sell-on-amazon

You might also try the community forums: http://www.salehoo.com/forum/ Reply
I'm going to close my store as soon as they quit charging me for my store...right now to close it I would owe $31.90....I am guess by mid July...I am going to be taking everything off anyhow soon and just list now and then on auction even if I have to pay more...I am so tired of Ebay...I have sold for 10 years and these buyers just keep tearing my TSR down and not for any reason...not my fault...these sellers don't care how they tear you down...I have gone from selling a lot of stuff to practically nothing....I am now selling on another site....I am sick of Ebay and now the password we have to changed from what I hear on Ebay and Pay Pal because it got hacked.... Reply
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In addition to their unfair fees they protect the buyers and not the seller way too much.This is my letter to the President of eBay on May 7, 2014.

Dear Mr. Donahoe:

I am writing to you because I am upset with a transaction that recently cost me my 100% rating. I have been selling on eBay since January 6, 2003. I have had 690 transactions with sales of $19,469. Although I am clearly a small time seller on eBay I have taken pride of the fact that I have remained at the 100% rating level until recently when I dropped to 97.1%. This was due to a buyer who purchased a cell phone charger MOT-V3 for $2.99 and wanted to return it because it was the wrong item. Even though he sent me an email asking me if it would fit a MOT-V3CE, and I informed him that I was not sure it would work, he still purchased it. Although I did offer to return him his money when he returned it if it was not opened or used, PayPal sent me an email on April 23, 2014 telling me that that case (PP-003-090-337-164) has been resolved in my favor, meaning I would not have to refund him the $2.99 + shipping for a total of $4.92.

I felt it strange that the Buyer would spend about $1.93 to mail back a $2.99 item. But that is what he wanted to do. More upsetting is it appeared he opened this new item to try it, rendering it used. Therefore, my $2.99 item could not be sold at the same price. So I am glad that PayPal ruled the complaint in my favor.

But what I didn’t realize was that this buyer would be able to give me a bad rating and caused me to drop from 100% to 97.1%. If I would have known this was going to happen I would have just taken the loss and returned his money to keep my 100%. I made a call to PayPal on 5/6/2014 and they told me that I should be able to have my rating returned, but they would have to put me with someone at eBay who was an Escalation Specialist. This person informed me that he could not do anything for me and that I could do a few things:

1. Report the Buyer – eBay would watch him.
2. Block the Buyer. – Then he could not purchase from me again.
3. Reply to his feedback. – Then people could see my response to the bad rating.

The problem I have is none of this helps me out. I still get a 97.1%. I know this may not mean much to you, but it does to me. I lost a lot of sleep over this. It would not have been so bad if I would have been informed that by winning the case I may still get a bad rating, but nothing was mentioned that this could happen.

Mr. Donahoe, am sure you are way too busy running eBay for such an issue like this, but I felt you would be the only person to go to. I am sure there are other people like me with similar problems. I think there should be a solution for Sellers who win complaints to prevent retaliatory bad ratings.

I have enclosed my emails and dashboard information as evidence. Please let me know what can be done about this.
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I'm am sick of Ebay - I am a seller of handmade items - of which it is clearly stated in the listings AND my turnaround time of 20 days for creation. I have 100% positive feedback with 6 neutrals - all of which are people who are complaining that it takes too long to get their item (if they don't want to wait the 20 days, then please don't buy from me. Go elsewhere!). Well, now Ebay just changed their ratings to some stupid "defect rating" crap. I went from a Top Seller who was Above Standard to a Below Standard seller who lost the Top Seller rating. My dsrs are 4.8 and 4.9 in all areas except shipping time - that is 4.4. Buyers should NOT be able to leave a shipping rating if the item was shipped within the stated time frame. I have an Etsy account that is so much better....my husband tells me to screw Ebay (I am in tears because of losing my rating over this) and close it out. But that would be like cutting off my nose to spite my face.... Reply
I agree, I lost my Top Rated Seller status becasue of shipping. I ship my items on time, and go to the post office 2 sometimes 3 times a day. The post office has to do their job. It was taking some customer 2 or 3 weeks to get their packages. They can look at the tracking and see that I shipped the item, but don't care and left me low DSR rating. I called ebay and stated that was unfair, and the only solution was to ship priority mail. I ship first class and it's not feasable for me to ship priority because of the amount I sell things for. I explained too, trying to keep cost lower for the customer. She said customers will to pay more for items to get them faster. I have NEVER found that to be the case, they will always choose free shipping with the lowest price.
It's like talking to a wall there. All they will be left with are sellers from China. which I have been ripped off by twice, not sending my items. Ebay did not refund me, said they would send the seller an email. They must have been shaking in their boots. Reply
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I've tried a lot of different sites, and so far Bonanza.com is the best. The traffic is a bit slow now, but if all you unhappy ebayers go to Bonanza it could get better.
Please don't give ebay anymore money, they have screwed me more times than anyone deserves. If i could sue them I would. All their customers do is rip off sellers, and ebay assists them.
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I have tried many alternative sites to ebay but so far no sales :(. I really hate ebay and they continually make it harder for individuals to sell their stuff but at the moment its the only real contender. Reply
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I won't go into stories of my dislike of E-bay - like many I have my stories of why I'd like to find elsewhere to sell but there is not much out there that really gets the traffic. And a lot of sites proposed are American and if you're in the UK, you're unlikely to use them unless you plan on selling to the US (and charging people large custom fees!). I've tried E-bid and while I was hopeful I had items run and run again (and again), no bids, no questions - not much of anything. What I sell is generally sought after items - one in fact is quite hard to come by so desired by those who want it (here and in other countries) - nothing came through. I've had more responses on that item and others from preloved. I also have an e-crater account with some items that occasionally like maybe 3 times in 4 months get an enquiry and surprisingly had one sale. But again, I had more interest in my items there than e-bid. Of course, E-bay takes the large share with loads of views and sales. Obviously one could say that is the argument for higher fees for higher sales (volume and end price) but I'd still question it and beyond that, there are other issues, with a very buyer slanted perspective (I've been told I see a situation as a seller and not as a buyer...I have been a buyer (10 yrs!) longer than a seller (1 year!)) I wish e-bid could compete as they are a bid site, like e-bay, so if you aren't certain how to value your item - you can put it out there and the people decide! But with the traffic I've seen, I don't think items valued by the people (when the people seem to be few) will be a good representation of your item for sale and as a seller, aren't we all hoping for the best price for our item?

So does anyone have any suggested sites for Brit sellers who don't want to use e-bay?? Reply
Hey Ginny. I am in the exact position as most on here! Ive been researching 'better' alternatives in the UK all week and so far, it seems, that ebid is the one to go for. Gotta say, I've only put 3 things on so far as a test but its very very easy (way easier than ebay!) and I'm just hoping that the traffic is good. eBay have us all by the balls because of the amount of people who use it... but I refuse to sell on there anymore. My research suggests us UK sellers should go with ebid, they are 2nd in line to the throne!! :D x Reply
Bonanza is the ONLY real alternative to Ebay and Amazon right now (June 4th 2014).

Why don't all WE Ex-Ebay seller's just go on Bonanza, where most of us are anyway and PRESSURE BONANZA to Advertise our listings.

Bonanza is an awesome site. Very easy to upload your listings, and easy to edit and offer combination sales too. Fee's are much lower than Ebay and Amazon as you've heard from others above.

Bonanza, like Most of it current users say, Just Has To Advertise More and Ferociously Hard to compete with Ebay and Amazon.

I have One Huge Hang-Up though with Bonanza;
Bonanza HAS an ODD COSY RELATIONSHIP with Ebay, and Amazon.
1. For some reason, they seem to want to be associated with Ebay quite a bit, which is odd for a competitor. Their systems seem to be very integrated, for competitors.

2. Bonanza also display's load of products from Amazon. For instance, if you search for a product and they do "Not" have it on Bonanza(which they actually do, it just takes a more exact word searching), they will show results from Amazon.
Try searching for "Perricone MD" products or "Kiehl's" products.
Bonanza's search results will say: "No items found searching for xxxxxx product"
Yet there are seller's with those product or, if Not the exact product some other product by that brand or manufacturer. So why Not list Bonanza's sellers/(Paying Members) products of that product line or other similar product's before jumping out to a competitor's site( Amazon), and listing Amazon's products?
The ONLY reason, they would do that is because Amazon is paying them.

Here's what Bonanza search results say,
"When we don't have many items that match your query, we automatically search our partner sites to help you find the best deal.
See all Amazon results"

NOW THAT TROUBLES ME.

But back to other options to Ebay for selling.
Bonanza is it, and I think the Paying Members should demand better advertising and exposure on Google and Bing search. Bonanza already had an in with Google on the Shopping link. We need to get Bonanza to have our products show on the main Google search page like Ebay and Amazon do.
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Selling on eBay since September 15, 2013 100% do everything I can to resolve any issues. Recently 1 buyers opinion, Which was returned for full refund has knocked me out of my status my fees are thru the roof and I have put all my focus on making my eBay selling #1. My fees are almost the amount of sales after all the fees and shipping deductions. Going back and forth with support is a joke! They pushed so hard in the beginning for me to sign on to a store and now even if I pull my items and find another site, I will still be in debt to eBay for the closing cost of the store. They change things daily it seems and are just running the sellers away. Store can be ran to an extent by the sellers, "I was told" now that I started the store policy changes are turning my items into more of flea market finds. I can set up at a flea market for a lot less than what I'm paying them to give my stuff away. I really wish I would have stumbled across all these stories earlier. I was looking into Bonanza earlier today. I am very concerned about switching over and putting myself in a position where I owe 2 sites fees at the same time. Any input ???? June 16, 2014 Reply
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James,

We currently sell on both eBay and Amazon and are considering a few others to sell on. Fees, customer returns and dealing with rude people are all a part of selling online. My Dad always told me when I was a kid, "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket". This holds especially true for selling online. Just pace yourself and keep good track of your products. We will list slow moving items on both sites and as soon as it sells on one, remove it from the other. The more exposure you have, the better your chances of selling. Fees should not be such a huge problem if you properly maintain your margins. I have been selling online for over 15 years and I have learned through experience that it is better to concentrate on making an actual profit than being the lowest priced seller struggling to make ends meet and overwhelming yourself with keeping up with service. Everything eventually sells because the dynamics of available inventory on these sites is alway changing. Just because 50 sellers want to sell some item for a $10 today does not mean you won't sell that same item for $20.00 in 2 or 3 months after they all run out or quit selling because they are not making any money. I can also tell you that the interest level in items is down significantly over the last year. Consumer spending is down and the economy sucks despite what they are trying to convey in the news. This has caused some dramatic price drops on items as sellers are competing just to move their stuff. I rather sell 10 items at 50% profit than 50 items at 10%. Anyways, that is the way I see it. Hope that helps. Reply
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Have you tried The Early Years Boutique, you can sell baby related products and gifts online with them.
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I have been selling high brand items on Ebay for a little over two years. I have almost 5000 feedback with a perfect feedback score and no negative feedback. Two days ago, they suspended me for one year because they are saying that some of my items are not authentic. Which I am very careful when I list an item. And I never list an item if I suspect it may be fake. But all of the items they are saying are fake, are all items I had previously purchased off of Ebay!!! What a joke!! I told them that if the items are not authentic, I honestly had no idea!! And I truly did not!! Actually, I am not sure if they are authentic. They look like it to me!! They have totally screwed me over. I was making about $15,000.00 a month by selling on Ebay and now I have no income whatsoever!! I am completely lost and do not know what to do or where to sell. I need an online site that will produce good business. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!! Reply
I have one ebay account that is 7 years old. I have 100% feedback. I use that account for hobby selling. Nothing business related. Five months ago I opened a 2nd ebay account. I am selling little crafts for $10. It's been a bit frustrating because they set limitations on new accounts (even though I have a long-term positive track record with 1st account.) The limitations are NOT seller friendly, at all!! Basically, each item has 22 different sizes available. However, if I make all 22 sizes an option in the listing....my allotted 150/mo. limit drops down to 128. This is very inconvenient!! It means I have to choose between listing only 6 items per month (but with all proper size options....which is easier for customer) OR if I want to list more items...then I have to limit the number of sizes available and explain within the listing that I offer 22 sizes but if they want any of those they have to email me and make a request. I can tell you that most people aren't going to bother themselves with all that email requesting/communication and so forth for a $10 item. In the meantime, Ebay has allowed me to call them every month to request 150 item monthly increase. In other words...I have to prove myself every 30 days which, I've found hypocritical because somewhere in the verbage regarding "requesting higher selling limits" it says that if you have another account in good standing that they can link you to that they will raise limits. I have not found this to be true!! They trust me with my 1st account enough to allow me to list up to 15,000 items. Not kidding! However, they make me call in EVERY month to beg for 150 measly more items on my 2nd account. What happened to "linking accounts?" So, like clock-work.....I call EVERY month. "Please give me 150 more items!" After verbally sizing up my account to me they always determine that I deserve my 150. Get ready for the BIG ONE!!!!!! So, today I made my monthly call. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS TOLD. I am absolutely dumbfounded!!! They guy said, "I need to put you on hold. There's a little thing I need to investigate." He returned minutes later and said, "You have an account, from 14 years ago, that you owe money on." ???? I had NO idea what he was talking about. He was not able to give me any details about it. He said THEY canceled the account years ago. He couldn't even tell me what amount was owed. I asked if he could tell me which email was connected to it. I mean...I was going to need to be provided with something, anything, to help trigger an account from when I was 27y.o. I am 41 now. Jeez. Really? He couldn't give me any info. He said, "For security purposes I can't release any account info to you." I was said, "You are telling me that I owe money, but you don't know how much, and you can't tell me the account name or provide anything relating to it??? How am I supposed to rectify this? He said, "You have to email the resolution department about it." I asked, "Why are you NOW, after 14 years, coming after me for supposed money I owe? I don't even think that is legal. I think a company has a given amount of time and if they don't pursue...it is assumed that they have no issues. I don't know. Anyway, I said, "I've had an active, good-standing account with you guys for 7 years? Why was I allowed to open that if there is some problem. You've had my contact info all these years. I've received nothing from you regarding this 14 year old account!!!! You allowed me to open not one, but two accounts and all has been well." The convo continued for some time because I truly was dumbfounded. There is no consistency with Ebay. Of-course, there is no way to contact the resolution department via phone. The only option is to email. How convenient for them. I called back and said, "I'm not emailing. After all these years of loyalty and all the time and money devoted to your site....sellers deserve WAY more than this. I need to speak to someone on the phone. I'm not going to sit around and wait for Ebay to turn-around an answer on something that they can't even provide me basic info on over the phone. I mean....how well-written would that email sound?? i.e.) Hi, I'm told I have an account from 14 years ago but I wasn't provided any info on it but I trust you to tell me the truth about how much is owed. Duh! In the meantime, my "punishment" is that they will not increase selling limits on my 2nd account (even though they did accommodate that request 4 other times). So, screw Ebay. Unless they surprise me and close my accounts....then the loophole will be to take potential listings and sell the darn things on my 1st account. What a circus! I do sell on Etsy and I find it to be WAY more seller/user friendly. Only .20 cents to list, each listing valid for 4 mo (or until sold), no listing limitations and I can make all 22 sizes available for each item. The only con I've run into is that Etsy doesn't have as much traffic as Ebay. It really does take having both to round out my sales. I would love to drop Ebay but....I do make money off them. sigh. Reply
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AuctionMyStuff (www.auctionmystuff.com) is a great website for selling art and collectables. You get your items valued first, so that you and potential buyers know the market value of the items. It's really useful to learn the value of an item so that you can price it appropriately and learn more about the piece before sale. I've sold a number of things through them and it's been a really good service. Really good rates too. Reply
I was on eBay for 3 weeks or less and suspended indefinitely. I called customer service and they would not state why. I spoke with 2 reps and neither would explain, but stated I never would be able to sell on eBay. Whatever next....
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Hey I just sold some stuff on e-bay , i was charged 44.60 for some items i sold last month, i was charged on two instances of shipping , i was chargerd a few on two items that sold and to top all that off they took 9.41 out of my checking and no one can tell me why or what its for .
To make matters worse ,payments are supposed to come out of my checking account ,the one item i sold for 57 dollars is like i just gave it away because not going to see a dime of that they took it already . out of the 267 .00 may end up with about 90.00 because of all the fees e-bay charged.
It just comes to this E-BAY SUCKS Reply
Thank you for the info. I sell on ebay, but honestly there is no protection for sellers :(
I think when you have photo evidence that proves your defense, but any thief, scammer or whatever, can make untrue claims and be backed 100% By ebay, maybe it's better to sell elsewhere. I have 870 possive feedback, & only 1 negative, but several times I have been a victim of thieving buyers :( So thank you for this site, when I have a chance I will definitely be looking into this :) Reply
I think we all have various bad experiences with eBay, but, in the end they are still the #1 auction site with the most traffic. I have been buying and selling comics, diecast and related items thru them since they began in 1995 and with around 4000 + feedbacks not doing to bad for just playing around with it. I have noticed a huge decrease in traffic though since the password issue as well as sales, I have went from around $1500.00 a month to around $300.00 O.o. I have tried many other sites and I still use a few others so I get more exposure but the fact remains...eBay is still #1. I agree they have high fees, but, if you work it right you never have to even pay insertion fees as they constantly have listing promos. I myself haven't paid a listing fee in about 7 months. I was suspended once in the past back in 2000, however, it was my fault. I have not had many of the issues I see others have. I do agree it would be nice to have an alternative but that is up to us, if we do not make the move to a site and give them the traffic, we will never have the alternative. Good luck and happy selling all!! Reply
How did you manage to remove your suspension. They won't listen to me. Reply
Ebay stinks. I have been a selling for over 11 years doing TONS of business and they have banned me!!!! Because there were 6 people in the last year (out of hundreds) that had an issue, and even though I resolved the issue and even gave my customers extra free products it still counts against me.

Very angry at eBay and will NEVER EVER buy anything through them again. I will find a site that I can sell on so that I can make my customers happy without worrying about wrath from eBay Reply
you could always try www.free3bay.com. it's seems small right now but me and my friends have joined up and the site seems to be growing very quickly - completely free for standard listings and nothing to pay when you sell. Reply
yeah, ebay has gotten way too big for their britches. I've had some serious issues with them the past few years and their site is getting slower and crashing more with too much layering. I had them just delete 200 of my listings for some supposed violation...ok, well I'll correct that and relist...no! they actually deleted every single listing and cannot recover it and were unapologetic and it took weeks to redo them all. They make bad decisions on disputes and the list goes on Reply
ebay is full of you know what, I am sick of them waste of money and time smh
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I have switched to eBid - the volume is low, but it's cheap.

a LOT of people selling low cost collectibles (like stamps or trading cards) use eBid because of their fee structure.

Another place to sell Smartphones is Swappa.com

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You can also sell on onthehound.com
It's free at the moment no selling fees Reply
I've been using neatstacks.com for a while now. It's good way to get off the eBay monopoly and I sense it's going to take off very soon. Reply
I absolutely hate e bay . I have been a great seller for 4 years averaging $1,000 a month . Until two months ago my primary business took off. Needless to say , I quite selling on e bay for those two - two and a half months.
This month (November)is slower for my primary business, so I decided to pick up e bay traction again. They put a limit of 5 items that I can sell a month because I have not been selling enough products ##@$#@%%$&%^&. WHAT !!!!!?????
I called the rude and unhelpful help line to be told that I need to sell more items . I told her I am trying to sell more items but you will not allow to do so. She said there is noting I can do about it , but I need to sell items. Why do I feel like I am talking to idiots ? How can I sell items , if you will not let me . Besides , last time I checked a business was about making a profit , huh . Reply
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I was a happy ebay seller. Gold star rating, the works. Then one day a buyer decided he didn't want to pay. He lied to ebay about what he got and they returned his item without even checking into things. I took a hard hit, my paypal account was screwed and then locked. I tried to talk to SOMEONE at ebay but was ignored. Never mind the listing clearly said no returns and had detailed pictures of every type. The person selling their item is gone, the buyer has what he wanted, and I'm screwed out of $250 plus listing fee plus my account. My sellers rating is hit, my paypal account is locked. What a bunch of crooks! is there any legal recourse for ME? Reply
ebay can be bad but paypal sucks. if they make a mistake they say sorry or we will train our reps better. thats like me saying we have a new cook. if he is i need to be back there watching and training him Reply
WRITE A BOOK about Ebutt...just don't use their name and then list it on Ebutt. I do not know of even one business that is totally honest, totally legal, fair, reasonable or really dedicated to the people they serve... Some come very close however, most of these are small family or privately owned. Amazon charges sellers more than Ebutt and they do not carry the creative, handcrafted, unique or artistic items that can be found on Ebutt and other on-line sales sites. I would probably be one of the homeless if online sales sites were not available. By the Way...Amazon charges sellers More than Ebutt by as much as 20% more depending on what you are selling....Also: Ebutt owns aproximately 35% + of Craigslist is and I can already see from the changes on Craiglist selling pages that Ebutt is involved> Reply
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I've been selling on Ebay for about 2 1/2 years, I also sold on Amazon. All and all, they both take about 15% off the top when you combine paypal fees etc.

I too was a Top Rated International Seller until the new Defective DEFECT POLICY went into effect. I spent about 40 hours auditing 900 transactions and discovered many of Ebay's flaws. For example, if you are not using one of the top Four (USPS, UPS, FEDEX, or DHL) ebay does not capture tracing information from any other carriers and your shipping times will be defective. They will accept OTHER carriers where you update the tracking, but they don't capture the data so it will count against you even if the person received the item, on time, is happy, and left you positive feedback.

Unbelievable.

As well, I discovered that they would not correct any of their own errors (after I was promised that they would remove the defect and countless hours on the phone with Ebay Customer Service) if their error was over 120 days even though they are RETROACTIVELY counting defects the entire year prior to the August 20, 12014 live date (that is if you had under 100 transaction per month for the prior 3 months).

With the loss of the Top Rated position in September 2014 (right before our busiest selling season as you other sellers know), I am now in the position of digging myself out of retroactive defects that were considered defects a year ago. What a mess.

Regarding Bonanza... I have tried to purchase from them a couple of times and the orders are always cancelled because the sellers don't have the items in stock.

It reassuring that while I am selling less, I've decided to make more profit per item and not try to be the lowest price out there like I used to.

I agree with you "Posted by Martin on 3:27 28 Jun"... buy low and sell high and make sure you make more money per month than Ebay makes off you! Reply
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